Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 8/13)

Game 1: Friday, August 13
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Game 2: Saturday, August 14
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Game 3: Sunday, August 15
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in 10
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Marlins 4

(56-58, 25-31 away)

Brewers 6

(54-60, 29-27 home)

8:05 PM ET, August 13, 2004

Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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W: W. Obermueller (4-6)

L: I. Valdez (10-7)

S: D. Kolb (33)

Seven scoreless for Obermueller

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wes Obermueller found out he was starting against the Florida Marlins about an hour before the game.

That was more than enough time for the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander.

Obermueller gave up two hits in seven shutout innings to earn his first win in almost 11 weeks with a 6-4 victory Friday night.

"I think it was just their plan of trying to help me, to just get back to the basics," Obermueller said. "So if I can go out and do this every time without anyone telling me, I don't want them to tell me every time."

Obermueller (4-6) took the place of Chris Capuano, who was scratched just before the game with a sore left forearm.

Obermueller didn't allow a runner past second base, and held the Marlins hitless for the first four innings while winning for the first time since beating San Diego on May 29.

"A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Obermueller said.

The start was Obermueller's longest of the season, and his second since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Aug. 6. Last Saturday, he gave up four earned runs and six hits in just one inning against the Marlins en route to his fifth straight loss.

"That's a big bounce back for him," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Probably his worst start of his career last time against the Marlins to arguably one of his best starts of his career. He was as good as he can be tonight."

Marlins manager Jack McKeon couldn't see much of a difference between the two starts -- other than the performance of his inconsistent offense.

"I don't know what ... to say anymore," he said. "I give up. It's almost, 'Which team is going to show up tonight?' And it's the same hitters. I am looking for a spark."

Dan Kolb pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 35 chances.

Russell Branyan and Lyle Overbay each hit two-run homers for the Brewers, who won for just the third time in 10 games.

Alex Gonzalez homered for the Marlins, who lost for the third time in four games and fell to two games under .500 at 56-58.

"We're our own enigma," said third baseman Mike Lowell, who did not start after getting hit in the knee by a ball during batting practice. "I wish I knew what it was."

Florida's Ismael Valdez (10-7) entered the game 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA against Milwaukee this season, but the Brewers solved him Friday night.

Valdez's string of 17 shutout innings against Milwaukee ended in the third, when the Brewers scored twice.

Bill Hall hit a leadoff single and scored two batters later when Branyan launched a 405-foot homer to center.

The Brewers made it 4-0 in the fifth when Branyan singled with two outs and Overbay followed with a line-drive homer down the right-field line.

In the sixth, Gary Bennett hit a leadoff single, stole second one out later, and Obermueller singled to right. Juan Encarnacion made a fielding error on the hit, allowing Bennett to score.

The Brewers added another run in the seventh on Bennett's run-scoring groundout.

Florida got back into it in the eighth, when the Marlins scored four times off reliever Mike Adams. Gonzalez hit a leadoff homer, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Damion Easley hit a two-run double.

Game notes


Easley replaced Lowell in the lineup. Lowell struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth after fouling a pitch off the same leg he injured before the game. He had four hits in his last 40 at-bats. "I heard it's Friday the 13th, so that's pretty positive," Lowell said jokingly. Lowell said he wants to play Saturday. ... C Paul Lo Duca won't play Saturday due to a left thumb injury, McKeon said. ... RHP Armando Benitez (right elbow inflammation) came off the disabled list to pitch a scoreless eighth for Florida. He hadn't pitched since July 22. ... Top Brewers prospect LHP Jorge de la Rosa will make his first major league start Saturday after being called up to replace injured RHP Brooks Kieschnick (right shoulder tendinitis).

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